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QUOTE (never upright @ 26 Mar 2009, 14:35) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>age old question. what guage. planing to build a layout based on prototype. something on the woodhead route. likebiulding kits, so most of my stock will be kit built. thing is I just seem to keep going round in circles. O gauge, kits are a pleasure to build in this gauge. detail you can achive is fantastic. size for realistic running and cost are it's downfall. OO gauge kits bit more fiddly but can still achieve good standard of detail. realistic length trains can be run. In the space available will I be able to have a good sized scenic area. N gauge. never built a kit in this scale, but can imagine it to be very fiddly. would be able to achieve a almost exact replica in space available. space i should have available estimated to be approx 17ft x 8ft once loft is converted. as you can see pro's and con's for each scale.

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17ft x 8ft is a nice size for one or two people at home. With this size you could have a nice layout in OO or O gauge. You could have an entire city in N gauge but unless your a workaholic or there are several people working on the layout you might never finish it because you might tire of it long before you ever get near the end of it. I don't live in the UK so I'm not familiar with the route you are thinking of modelling but I would say that if you wanted more than just a station you're best bet would be OO gauge. You would get a station or two + some nice scenic modelling into 17ft x 8ft.
I model in OO gauge myself & i find that what I have 21ft x 9ft is enough for one person even though my partner also takes an interest & paints the backgrounds etc. I hope it takes off for you & if there is any information you require there are plenty of people on here only too willing to help.
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